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Knowshon Moreno | Running Back

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/16/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 218
College: Georgia
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Knowshon Moreno will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this week, and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.
Moreno should be ready for Week 1, but is likely to open training camp on the active/PUP list, and be held out of practice until his knee is fully recovered and he's in shape. Moreno reported to OTAs overweight. The knee scope won't help his conditioning woes, putting Moreno on the shelf for at least the next month. He'll probably end up doing a lot of stationary-bike riding in August. Lamar Miller is the heavy favorite to start at tailback for Miami on Opening Day. Jun 23 - 5:22 PM

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Knowshon Moreno, who may need surgery on his left knee, revealed the Dolphins were "the only team that reached out to him during free agency."

Moreno's market was awfully quiet for a player who posted stats of his caliber in 2013, which makes us wonder if teams were wary of his health, in addition to the inflation of that production in Peyton Manning's offense. Moreno is seeking a medical opinion this week to determine whether he needs a knee scope. If he does, the Dolphins may have to explore acquiring another running back.
Jun 23 - 12:26 PM

Citing a source who's seen Knowshon Moreno's knee, the National Football Post's Jason Cole reports the issue is "bad."

The source told Cole that Moreno "probably will play" in 2014, but the "issue is how long." It sounds like a potentially degenerative condition, and something that could shorten Moreno's career. He turns 27 next month. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Moreno will seek a medical opinion next week "to determine if surgery is needed." Moreno may wind up undraftable in fantasy leagues.
Jun 20 - 12:13 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk the "medical issue" holding Knowshon Moreno out of spring practices is a knee injury, and Moreno "may need arthroscopic surgery."

PFT later states it's "nothing significant," but undergoing any kind of knee surgery with training camp approaching when you're in a position battle is certainly significant. PFT does state the injury is not to the same knee in which Moreno tore his ACL in 2011, though that could be taken as a negative as he now has flags on both knees. It's entirely possible the Dolphins bought damaged goods here. Good thing they didn't end up paying much ($1.25 million guaranteed).
Jun 20 - 8:21 AM

According to the Palm Beach Post, Knowshon Moreno is "mostly hanging out on the sidelines and being timed while he runs" at Dolphins minicamp.

The team hasn't made much of it, but it's certainly curious Moreno has now been yanked out of practice while the likes of Mike Gillislee and Orleans Darkwa get reps. One early-Thursday report stated Moreno is battling a "medical issue." Reports during OTAs were that Moreno reported overweight and out of shape.
Jun 19 - 8:39 PM

A source tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Knowshon Moreno has been battling a "medical issue" during OTAs and minicamp.

Moreno admitted to being out of shape during OTAs a couple weeks ago and has participated sparingly in this week's minicamp. The Sun-Sentinel's source wouldn't reveal the exact injury, but says the ex-Bronco has been "hindered by it for a couple weeks." Keep in mind this paper has an incredibly poor track record when it comes to reporting accuracy, but we found it notable nonetheless. Whether Moreno is injured or not, Lamar Miller's neck is out in front of this battle.
Jun 19 - 10:42 AM

According to the Miami Herald, Knowshon Moreno "appears to have lost some weight" after reporting to OTAs out of shape.

Coach Joe Philbin "insisted he's pleased with (Moreno)," though the Herald states Lamar Miller "remains clearly ahead" of Moreno "for the starting running back job." Still just 23 years old, Miller obviously offers the highest ceiling in Miami's backfield. Moreno is a steadier player at this point in their careers, but will not beat out Miller if his light has truly flipped on in year three.
Jun 18 - 9:38 PM

Knowshon Moreno admitted his fitness is "definitely not there."

Moreno was dropped all the way down to third- and fourth-string work during Monday's OTA practice, while Lamar Miller continues to get the bulk of first-team reps. That doesn't mean this battle is over. Moreno pledged to stay in Miami for the bulk of his summer vacation, "working out in the heat." The Miami Herald tentatively expects the end result to be an RBBC. Miller, a more talented natural runner, will try to ride his early edge to the lead part of that committee.
Jun 12 - 8:19 AM

Knowshon Moreno has been working "primarily with the second team" in Dolphins OTAs, while coach Joe Philbin believes his conditioning "could be better."

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero tweeted earlier Monday that Moreno "looks a little thick around the belly" and "needs work." Lamar Miller is running with the first-team offense. Moreno opened OTAs as the starter, but evidently hasn't impressed his new coaching staff. Showing up out of shape is a real easy way for a free-agent addition to get off on the wrong foot. Moreno remains the favorite to head up the Dolphins' committee, but perhaps he's cracked open the door for Miller.
Jun 2 - 5:10 PM

Knowshon Moreno opened Dolphins OTAs as the first-team running back.

He's ahead of Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas, and Mike Gillislee. Miller remains the most talented pure runner on Miami's roster, but Moreno is a more reliable player with superior passing-game chops. It's entirely possible the Fins will again utilize a committee approach, with Moreno and Miller trading off series. They did so last year with Miller and Thomas, albeit with very little success. New playcaller Bill Lazor hails from Philadelphia, a run-heavy team. So we expect the Dolphins' team rushing attempts to take a significant 2014 leap.
May 27 - 12:15 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin praised Knowshon Moreno's "versatility and multiple skill-set."

Moreno has averaged just 4.1 yards per carry for his career, but is indeed versatile. He has 157 career receptions across 60 games, and is an able pass protector. Moreno's fantasy value figures to plummet without Peyton Manning at the controls, but he'll be a fungible part of Miami's running-back committee.
Apr 22 - 6:57 PM

Knowshon Moreno's one-year contract with the Dolphins has a base value of $3 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus.

It's a backup or committee back-type deal. Moreno's base salary is $1.975 million, with another $500,000 roster bonus, and $300,000 more in per-game roster bonuses. Moreno projects as a competitor for playing time, along with Lamar Miller. We also wouldn't be shocked if Miami drafted a tailback in May.
Mar 28 - 3:47 PM

New Dolphins OC Bill Lazor has a run-heavy background dating back to his 2004-2007 run as an offensive assistant on Joe Gibbs' staff.

Gibbs' offenses with Lazor on staff finished 12th, fourth, eighth, and fifth in the NFL in rushing attempts. After stints in Seattle and at the University of Virginia, Lazor worked on Chip Kelly's Eagles staff last year, and Philly ranked fourth in rushing attempts. Lazor's offense figures to differ dramatically from ex-Fins OC Mike Sherman's pass-centric, sack-prone "attack." Read more on every AFC offense in Evan Silva's Team-by-Team Notes, accessible at the link below.
Mar 27 - 11:14 PM

Dolphins agreed to terms with RB Knowshon Moreno, formerly of the Broncos, on a one-year contract.

According to's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth "about" $3 million. Moreno let a week pass between his visit and signing, but couldn't drum up any other interest. Although the Broncos were open to re-signing Moreno, he made no other visits. Teams saw through Moreno's Peyton Manning-inflated stats, but he's still a solid signing for a Dolphins team that had one of the league's worst backfields last season. Moreno gets what's blocked, catches passes and holds his own in blitz pick up. There's a strong chance he enters Week 1 as the Dolphins' No. 1 running back. Daniel Thomas is on the hot seat.
Mar 27 - 3:07 PM

Broncos coach John Fox stated on ESPN's NFL Insiders Monday that Denver is "definitely" open to re-signing free agent Knowshon Moreno.

This has become more and more clear as free agency has progressed. The Dolphins are the only team to have shown interest in Moreno to this point, and he left his Miami visit without a deal. Moreno stated publicly in February that his preference is to re-sign with Denver. As other NFL teams do not envision Moreno as a starting-caliber talent, the Broncos remain his ideal landing spot. He'd get another chance to hold off 2013 second-round pick Montee Ball for carries.
Mar 24 - 3:53 PM

Depth Charts

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QB1Ryan Tannehill
2Matt Moore
3Pat Devlin
4Brock Jensen
RB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3Daniel Thomas
4Mike Gillislee
5Damien Williams
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Knowshon Moreno
3RB1Knowshon Moreno
2Lamar Miller
WR11Mike Wallace
2Jarvis Landry
3Rishard Matthews
4Matt Hazel
5Marcus Thigpen
WR21Brian Hartline
2Brandon Gibson
3Damian Williams
4Armon Binns
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Jarvis Landry
TE1Charles Clay
2Dion Sims
3Michael Egnew
4Arthur Lynch
5Gator Hoskins
K1Caleb Sturgis